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Food Security
South Africa
Siyazondla Home Food Production Programme
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University of Alberta
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Trefry, Amy J
Supervisor and department
Parkins, John (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Cundill, Georgina (Environmental Science)
Examining committee member and department
Summers, Robert (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Parkins, John (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Cundill, Georgina (Environmental Science)
Lukert, Marty (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
Rural Sociology
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Master of Science
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Culture provides a lens through which to increase our understanding of community responses that both contribute to and detract from a population’s food security. This qualitative study using semi-structured interviews, observations and visual methodology identifies how culture is manifested within local institutional structures and how culture impacts community and individual responses to food insecurity. A case study explores one community group (Siyazondla Homestead Food Production Programme) to understand how culture is represented through this group and how it impacts food security. Key findings show that multiple initiatives and strategies are employed to cope with experiences of food insecurity. Furthermore, these initiatives are most aptly understood through a cultural lens, highlighting areas in which culture can positively contribute to a community’s food security through elements such as support in adaptation to shifting gender roles, self identity and cultural change, as well as negative impacts such as challenges presented by power imbalances.
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